Medicine: Too Large a Price

Doctors who use spinal anesthesia freely got a sharp warning last week from Manhattan's famed Neurologist Foster Kennedy. Reporting, with two colleagues, on cases seen recently at Bellevue Hospital, Dr. Kennedy described several kinds of paralysis resulting from damage to the spinal cord during anesthesia.

Often, the doctors contended in Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, the damage appears long after the operation, so it is not traced to its cause and seldom gets into the statistics of spinal anesthesia's harmful side effects.*

Concluded Dr. Kennedy and colleagues: "Spinal anesthesia is accompanied by many definite and terrible dangers which are far too little appreciated by...

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